November 2008

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When Sutton Met Coventry

As the trains wend their way out of central London towards Surrey, one could be forgiven for missing Sutton in amongst the ever-expanding suburbia. These days, it’s quite difficult to make out where London stops and Surrey starts, and it’s even more difficult to make out Gander Green Lane it amongst it all. Gander Green…

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November 5, 2008

A Brave New World

Whilst noble in principle, the Abercrombie Report could hardly now be described as having been an unqualified success. The report, which advocated the mass decampment of a million and a half people from the overcrowded East End of London, led to the creation of such wonders of post-war architecture as Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield…

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November 4, 2008

Blyth Spirit

Even though the FA Cup has regained some of its sheen over the last couple of years, the new financial realism of the modern game tends to take its toll on any pretensions of “the romance of the cup”. There is a tendency to look at everything through the eyes of an accountant these days…

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November 3, 2008

Match Of The Week – Grimsby Town 1-2 Darlington

Wikipedia describes purgatory as “the condition or process of purification or temporary punishment in which the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for heaven”. Such a condition may not have been the intention of the Football League when they imposed their points deductions upon Luton Town, AFC Bournemouth…

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November 2, 2008

Buying & Selling

Those of us that spend the majority of our time watching lower league or non-league football have no involvement in the awful process and uniquely undignified process of buying tickets. Outside of the Premier League, there are very few all-ticket matches. Some clubs don’t allow you to pay on the turnstile on the day, but…

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November 1, 2008
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